RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 4th) "It was a solid fourth place. We took four tires and fuel on that green-flag stop and a lot of other guys took two, but there aren't many times that you can run caution-free...
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 4th)
"It was a solid fourth place. We took four tires and fuel on that green-flag stop and a lot of other guys took two, but there aren't many times that you can run caution-free through a fuel stop, but we did tonight. The only truck we had trouble with was the 16. I took the lead from him one time and he took it back. We got the five bonus points for leading, but he took it back. He was a strong truck and we should have run second to him."
THIS IS THE SAME TRUCK THAT DOMINATED LAST WEEK IN KANSAS CITY. DID THAT HELP YOUR MENTALITY THIS WEEKEND, KNOWING IT WAS SUCH A GOOD TRUCK?
"This is a great truck. This is the same truck we ran last week and we looked like Secretariat out there in the Kentucky Derby when we took the lead away from Bliss and picked up the five bonus points. He had the fastest truck here, but this puts us back in the points race. I hope Terry Cook isn't too mad at me for bumping him there. I got aero-loose and hit him and we both had a tough truck to save, but that shows the talent he has. We were in a run with the 88, the 20 and the 75 at the time and Terry had just made a pit stop and got up on the high side. I went to get him on the inside and tried to make one of those bold moves and couldn't save it and had to use him to help me save it. Luckily, he saved us, but I hate that for them."
HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO TELL WHOM YOU WERE RACING WHEN THERE WERE TWO DIFFERENT PIT STRATEGIES COMING INTO PLAY?
"When I came in for the checkered flag, I had to ask where we finished because that long, green-flag run, you sorta lose track of where everybody is at and you don't know what their strategy is in the pits. When they said we finished fourth and had a good points night, that's when I look at the points. We're points racing every week. I'm looking for a championship and if you don't have good, consistent runs up front, you're not going to win."
TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Finished 6th)
"The 14 truck got into the back of us in the middle of 1 and 2. I'm sure he didn't do it intentionally y and that it was a racing deal, but nevertheless, he got into the back of us, we slide up the track and almost had the big one. I gathered it back up and came home in sixth."
HOW GREEN WAS THE RACING SURFACE AFTER THE RAIN PASSED THIS AFTERNOON?
"It was a lot more treacherous than I thought it would be. Goodyear brought an extremely hard tire here, a little bit on the conservative side, but that's what they usually do when we run on new asphalt. That didn't mix too well with the totally green track. It was a little scary out there for the first 20 to 25 laps. Until they started laying the rubber down, there was absolutely no second groove. You had a hard time just passing lapped traffic. The second groove never really came in like I hoped it would, like the old Kentucky, but I assume it's the same old deal where the fastest way around this year is on the bottom, but when we come back next year, it will be a little bit better racing. I don't think it was quite the racing that we saw at Kentucky last year or the year before, but a lot of that is probably because if the harder tire and the new surface."
YOU CHOSE TO TAKE TWO TIRES ON THE GREEN-FLAG PIT STOP.
"It was paying off for us. We got out of the pits and got out ahead of the 20, the 14 and the 2; we passed a bunch of trucks we were racing there. I got pinned on the outside of the 20 and we were waiting for the tire pressure to come up; we started them down a little bit. The tires were just starting to come in and I don't know what happened, but the 14 truck got into the back of us getting into Turn 1 and 2 and slid us up the track. I thought we were going to wreck, but we were able to hold on to it and keep going. He was able to get by and unfortunately we finished sixth and the 14 was able to finish fourth."
JON WOOD-50-U.S. Navy Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 13th
"It was the same deal as last week. We were battling a loose truck in all night long, and we weren't very good. I really don't know what to say. We spent a lot of time in the pits trying to fix the truck. When we came into the pits on lap 71, it was as much to fix the handling of the truck as it was fuel strategy."
HOW MANY LAPS SHORT WERE YOU FROM RUNNING THE REST OF THE RACE WITHOUT STOPPING?
"We couldn't have gone much farther than we did. We didn't want to risk running out of fuel because we knew we couldn't make it the whole way, so we could have run just a few more laps under green. We knew that we needed a caution to fall our way at the end, so we jut tried to stay out as long as we could. Like I said, we didn't want to risk running it out of fuel or stalling it on pit lane."
RICK BICKLE-15-Dickies/Popeyes Ford F-150 (Finished 15th)
"We're still screwed up, but I did learn something about this truck getting into the corners tonight. I can figure that out, but now it still will not turn in the middle of the corner off. It doesn't matter what we do to it. I don't know if the aero thing is that bad or if we have something wrong with the geometry. I don't know the equipment, so I really can't say. I know the truck that I sold them, the one that we ran at Memphis and Milwaukee, and that thing ran good, but I knew that it was never wrecked. This one, I don't know if something is bent, but there's just something wrong with it. I wasn't getting hurt anywhere except for the middle of the corner up the hill; it wouldn't get straight. Other than that, it was fine. We cut the body off of the truck I ran at Memphis and Milwaukee and made that our new speedway for Michigan, so I knew we'll be better there."
CARL EDWARDS-63-Mittler Brothers/Blazin' Pits Ford F-150 (Finished 18th)
WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN YOU AND THE 89 TRUCK ON LAP 71?
"The last three weeks I learned a big lesson about myself getting out of the way when the leaders are coming around. I guess I shouldn't have been racing a lapped truck so hard. I just expected the same courtesy and we didn't get it today. I'll be a little more veteran about it next time and just let him go and screw up himself instead of the both of us. But, man, Mike Mittler and these guys worked so hard today. I know everybody says that, but these guys are doing it with a lot less money. The Ford F-150 ran real well."
YOU HAVE HAD TWO ON-TRACK INCIDENCES THE PAST TWO WEEKS, BUT YOU HAVEN'T LET THEM BECOME DISTRACTIONS.
"Last week, we had an incidence and came back just fine, and this week, I thought we'd do the same thing. I was thinking to myself that we've got a good truck - the same truck from last week - and we can get our lap back, but that was a long last 100 laps. When you know you're a lap down and you want to get a lap back, it just seemed like an eternity. Mike here is good at keeping me calm, though. He talked me through these past two races and he's helped me a ton to stay within myself."